Making houseguests feel welcome has little to do with the size of your home, the price of your furniture, or even whether you have a designated guest bedroom. Helping houseguests feel at home means making their comfort a priority and enjoying their visit. Here are some easy things you can do to open your home to visitors and make sure they want to come back:
1. Provide extra blankets and pillows in the room where your guests will sleep. Even if they don’t use them, having the extra bedding shows them that you care about them and want them to be comfortable.
2. Help guests feel special by leaving extra touches in their room. Fresh flowers, a scented candle, hard candies, or framed photos featuring them can help make them feel appreciated.
3. Place a luggage rack and extra hangers in the closet for your guests to use. If possible, leave some empty drawer space for unpacked clothes.
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4. Write down the WiFi password and supply any other information guests need to operate technology in your home, including remote control instructions and channel guides. Make sure that guests have easy access to power outlets and extra cords for charging their devices.
5. Stock extra toothbrushes and travel-size toiletries in the bathroom, in case your company forgets an essential item. Leave extra toilet paper and tissues within reach, too. Be sure to show guests where you keep towels, washcloths, soap, and other bathing and showering essentials.
6. Choose some reading material that you think they’d enjoy, and leave it in the bedroom where they will stay. It’s also a nice gesture to leave a pad and pen or pencil for their use.
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7. If your guests will be coming and going, lend them an extra key to use, and give them any security system or gate codes needed for access.
8. Invite guests to help themselves to your coffee maker, drinks, and snacks. Place some bottled water and a basket of goodies in their room in case they get hungry or thirsty during the night. Ask about any food allergies or sensitivities before they arrive, and incorporate that information into your menu planning.
9. Instead of serving breakfast at a set time, consider putting out simple buffet items like muffins, bagels, granola bars, and fruit for guests to help themselves. That way, you can accommodate both early risers and those who want to sleep in.
The last thing you need when you have houseguests is an unexpected home system or appliance breakdown. Having an HSA home warranty in place can help by giving you a ready resource for covered malfunctions. Instead of scrambling to find qualified repair help, you can simply contact HSA to set the wheels in motion for assessing covered items, giving you more time to spend with your company. HSA’s knowledgeable, friendly staff offers reliable service for covered issues and is available 24/7 to help customers schedule repairs. Visit online.hsa.com for more information.